Town fights off bat invasion with noise party

Last updated 07:54 11/12/2013
Reuters

An Australian city is at war with 80,000 bats and is trying to drive them away with helicopters, guns and horns. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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A town in Australia is taking drastic measures to deal with an invasion of the bat kind.

Charters Towers in Queensland has been taken over by a colony of 80,000 bats, which flew in from their usual home in the nearby Burdekin River.

Locals aren't impressed with the visitors, saying they have brought a pong to the town that just won't go away.

"It stinks, it smells - some days it's that unbearable you can't open your doors," shop manager Ayla Pott said.

So officials have started a 10-day campaign to drive them away, using fireworks, helicopters and water cannons.

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